Ahmedabad: A photographer who was detained for allegedly posting offensive and defamatory comments on Facebook against prominent politicians told Gujarat’s high court on Wednesday that Covid’s desperation had spurred his angst. His posts apparently targeted political leaders and the ruling party during the second wave of Covid.
Photographer Kapil Parmar has been charged with defamation and intent to instill fear among people. The law on disaster management was also invoked. His posts reportedly referred to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Chief Minister of Gujarat Vijay Rupani and Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel.
Parmar approached the HC through lawyer Mehul Mehta for quashing the FIR against him. He claimed he was suffering from Covid and that due to his deteriorating condition he was frustrated. As a result, some messages were posted against the ruling party and he was charged with objectionable language that could spread rumors and create an environment of fear leading to public unrest.
The HC has sent a notice to the state government and requested a response by September 13, when a new Parmar plea hearing is scheduled.
On April 27, the Ahmedabad Cybercrime Police filed a complaint against a person who exploited a profile by the name of “Kapil Kumar” on social media. The person is accused of using derogatory language against certain politicians. The complaint was registered by a certain Harishchandrasinh Bhimbha.